LEGENDS OF THE AUTO CATEGORY
In the auto category, Kenjiro SHINOZUKA, Land of the Rising Sun rally raid champion, will end his impressive career with the AFRICA ECO RACE. The Japanese will meet up with his old friend Jean-Pierre STRUGO. For it’s second participation, the French is clearly part of the favorites of this edition, same as Dominique HOUSIEAUX, experienced pilot dreaming of lifting the bronze trophy on Sunday 13th of January 2019 at the Rose Lac. Onboard their Optimus, both will be facing some challenging competitors used to the race such as Yves FROMONT and Patrick MARIN driving their powerful Tarek buggies. Spectators can also count on the team of “Fearless Drivers” composed of Jean-Nöel JULIEN, David GERARD, Philippe GOSSELIN and Dominique LAURE. All as ruthless on track than kind in life, as they will be donating to a Sister’s congregation in Senegal at their arrival at the Rose Lac.
The SSV category, expanding every year, will count a dozen vehicles with increased performance. Some competitors, such as Philippe PINCHEDEZ, French Endurance Champion, will be a serious challenger to Jean-Hugues MONEYRON who will be defending his title.
SUSPENSE IN THE TRUCK CATEGORY
This year, the truck category will be homogenous and open to all outcomes. Up to ten participants in which we will find Tomas TOMECEK, a regular of the AFRICA ECO RACEand big favorite of the category. The triple champion, who will have the advantage of knowing the land well and being able to anticipate most difficulties, will once again be navigating alone without co-pilot.
We will also be able to follow some regular AFRICA ECO RACE competitors such as the veteran Noël ESSERS or Elisabeth JACINTO, Portuguese motorsport star, who intend to make people forget here early abandon on the 10th Edition.
One of the few women participating in this adventure, which also includes Julie VANNEKEN who will be departing for the 3rd time in a row on here Moto, but also Rabha JULIEN, co-pilot to her husband and Catherine DEROUSSEAUX who will have the honor to navigate “SHINO”
AN ECO-RESPONSIBLE RALLY
For the second year in a row, the AFRICA ECO RACE and the AMADE Mondiale, a Monegasque association acting in favor of the children’s protection, are partnering up with up to provide the Senegalese and Mauritanian rural schools with portable solar lamps and chargeable docks during the rally. These lamps will enable children to use light on their way back from school in the evening and study in the best conditions possible.
Our environmental action would be to replace petrol lamps, one of the main causes of mortality in Africa, with the solar lamps. To do so, we propose to our participants to buy solar lamps. A way for them to compensate with the carbon print their vehicles leaves all year round. 6 lamps = 1200/CO2 = emission of a 4×4 for 15 days.
The ambitious objective is also to deliver with our trucks, a maximum of lamps on top of the thousand we brought on the 2018 Edition.
In parallel, we will be continuing the usual campaign on tree planting in Mauritania, created in Nouakchott on the second edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE.